That Evil Mark Richt meme takes a hit with this SI.com recruiting story.
After recounting the Willie Williams saga, complete with wine, wimmen and lobsters, Andy Staples lets us know what passes for a hot night in Dawg Land:
… To understand how the official visit — the two-day, all-expenses-paid trip that allows prospective athletes to see what a school has to offer — has changed since your tour, Willie, consider the wildest part of the biggest visit weekend at Georgia this recruiting season. On the night of Dec. 6, some of the nation’s top players gathered at the home of Bulldogs coach Mark Richt and played ping-pong. That’s right, ping-pong.
“[Richt] is pretty dominant. He didn’t lose the entire night,” said Bryce Ros, a Kennesaw, Ga., tight end who will officially sign next week to play for a coach who apparently is the best American table tennis player since Forrest Gump.
Orson at EDSBS has a post up that’s an interview with CNNSI.com’s recruiting guy, Andy Staples, that will warm the cockles of the hearts of Georgia fans.
First, the good stuff:
5. Conversely: whose class is addressing needs perfectly?
… I realize a lot of Florida fans frequent EDSBS, so they’re not going to like this. Georgia really didn’t need much more talent, but the Bulldogs cleaned up. A.J. Green, a 6-4 receiver from Summerville, S.C., looked like a future star at the Under Armour All American game on Jan. 5. Georgia has 25 commitments, and five players already have enrolled.
Then, even better, the bad stuff:
6. What programs are tanking in this year’s recruiting?
Tennessee has not gotten many of its high-profile targets, but the Vols still have a chance to bolster the class with a few undecided players. One is Anniston, Ala., offensive tackle Antoine McClain, who also is considering Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Georgia Tech, which is hampered by high academic standards and a coaching change, hasn’t pulled in any big-name recruits…
Sounds like a bee-you-tee-ful year to me.
The Seattle Times continues its series on the 2000 University of Washington football team with this inspiring story about one kid who’s managed to rise above his background and no small amount of institutional resistance to make something special with his life.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the series, it’s definitely worth reading through all of the articles. Click on the links at the story.
Now this is a fascinating debate. There are pundits arguing that it would be a good thing for undefeated, No. 1 ranked Memphis to lose a regular season basketball game.
On Saturday, ESPN.com’s Pat Forde wrote, “But in my view, pulling an undefeated bull’s-eye into March Madness will hinder Memphis’ title quest.”
On Jan. 10, Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis wrote, “Personally, I think this is a no-brainer. I say it’s better not to be undefeated … (I) believe that if a team hasn’t experienced losing, then it doesn’t achieve the kind of growth that can only come about through adversity. And at some point, instead of playing to win, you start playing not to lose.”
Can you imagine the response Forde would get if he suggested something similar during a college football season?
But, hey, it’s not like an extended playoff cheapens the regular season, is it?
Recruiting insight from Danny Ford: “… you can’t coach people who can’t play. You just can’t.”
It’s hard to believe that someone capable of spouting wisdom like that is stuck on a farm in some god-forsaken place in South Carolina.
It’s even harder to believe that someone thought this was worth wasting a newspaper article on.
Notice the member of the cast in the lower left hand corner of the poster. I wonder if there’s a scene where he goes after a player’s family jewels…